Flying High with Your Future

Flying High with Your Future is the place to come to help you with your next move towards employment and your career.

You can find information about different employment pathways and training options by clicking on the drop down menus below. We have loads of contact information to help you from further education colleges, somewhere offering work experience or an organisation that can help you meet other people in a similar situation to you. If you want to chat about your employment options or are stuck please call……….???????

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Types of service providers

Employability

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Locality: Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale

Website: Carers Plus website

Contact email: kerrie@carersplus.net

We are a small collective of highly skilled professionals with unrivalled experience in people-led social care and health. We see the world differently, celebrating the strength of people and community. We know how to help local people help other local people. We bring our values, creativity and passion to everything we do. We know that one size never fits all so everything we do is bespoke. All our work has local impact and national influence.

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Locality: All

Website: Community Catalysts website

ATI offers direct support to help individuals to progress into education, training and employment. We work with partners to provide specific activities aimed at removing barriers associated with health, finances and skills. We work with anyone who is unemployed, not registered as being in work and who has the goal of moving closer to the job market and/or gaining employment.

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Locality: All

Website: Foundation UK website

Contact name: Claire Cotton

Contact email: Claire.Cotton2@foundationuk.org

Contact phone number: 07566766992 

Social

Our mission is to promote the independence, inclusion and wellbeing of people with support needs. We do this by working with the people we support, their families and partner agencies to develop and deliver high quality services that meet individual needs and aspirations in a person-centred way. We also aim to provide added value to our purchasers and to contribute to communities by using our resources in efficient, flexible and creative ways.

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Locality: All

Website: Creative Support website.

Care and Support for people with Autism, learning disabilities, mental health conditions and complex needs.

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Locality: All

Website: Autism Plus website

Contact email: info@autismplus.co.uk

Senior IMPs is a weekly inclusive music group for young people aged 11 to 21. At Senior IMPs you can learn to sing and sign and play musical instruments. You will also get to use music technology and write your own songs and music. You can learn leadership skills and train to be a workshop leader. Senior IMPs happens on a Monday evening during term-time from 6pm to 7:30pm. We meet at Acomb Methodist Church, Front Street, York, YO24 3BX. Sessions cost £6, with subsidised places and sibling discounts available.

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Locality: Selby

Website: Accessible Arts and Media

Contact email: imps@aamedia.org.uk

Contact phone number: 01904 626965

Orb helps people improve their mental health & well-being and lead fuller lives through being creative, learning new skills and volunteering in a supportive and inclusive space. Everyone has mental health just like everyone has physical health so whether you’re someone with a long term condition, one of the 1 in 4 who will experience a mental health problem this year, or someone wanting to take positive action to stay well, Orb is for you.

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Locality: Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale

Website: Orb website

Yatton House Society provides a day care centre for adults with physical and/or learning disabilities. Our members have access to a diverse program of activities and opportunities which include Arts and Crafts, Music and Dance, Sports and Games, Healthy Eating and Cooking, Horticulture and Digital Skills. Activities are focused around health and wellbeing, sensory skills, independent living and enterprise and are all underpinned by our four key principles of Rights, Independence, Choice and Inclusion.

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Locality: Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale

Website: Yatton House

Contact email: admin@yattonhouse.org.uk

Contact phone number: 01904 626965

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Locality: Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon

Website: Brimhas Activity programme

We’re here to support you and your loved ones to live well with MS. Whether you have MS, or care about someone who does, join our group to connect with other people from the community and share experiences. We don’t want anyone to face MS alone. From information on local services to opportunities to meet others in the area and more, our group is part of a large network of MS Society groups across the UK. We hope to meet you soon!

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Locality: All

Website: MS Society

Contact email: supportercare@mssociety.org.uk

Scarboccia are a Disability Inclusive Sports Organisation. We are non for profit and provide Boccia and other disability sports to people with varying disabilities in Scarborough and the surrounding areas along the Yorkshire Coast. Boccia is a Paralympic sport that can be played by anyone of any age and ability alongside their able bodied peers. We are governed by Boccia England and we hold a Silver Kitemark with them ensuring we follow the correct governance and procedures. We have social members but we also enter competitions, We have won the Reginal League twice and qualified for the Nationals. We also facilitate other fully inclusive sports such as New Age Kurling, Giant Inflatable Ten Pin Bowling, Seated Volleyball, Indoor Archery and much more including fun games and challenges that can be adapted to the individuals needs and ability.

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Locality: Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale

Website: Scarboccia website

Contact email: scarboccia@gmail.com

Wetwheels offers a unique opportunity for disabled and disadvantaged people of all ages - including those with multiple, profound and complex impairments - to access the water.  Central to our experience is active participation - helping to broaden aspirations, increase confidence and directly impact on health and wellbeing.

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Locality: All

Website: Wetwheels website

Contact email: enquiries@wetwheelsfoundation.org

We are a service user led and organised group supporting anyone experiencing mental health issues. Usually, we meet on Monday and Thursday in a Selby based cafe from 10:30am until about 12noon. As we make our way out of lockdown we are taking a flexible approach, sometimes meeting up and sometimes zooming. Please get in touch and we’ll let you know what we are up to and how you can join in, feel supported and enjoy a bit of fun.

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Locality: Selby

Website: Brighter Futures website

Contact email: info@brighterfutures.org.uk

The Wilberforce Trust’s supported housing service currently provides a number of shared houses across York and the surrounding areas specifically tailored to the needs of visually impaired adults living with a sensory loss and a range of other disabilities.

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Locality: All

Website: Wilberforce Trust website

Contact email: enquiry@wilberforcetrust.org.uk

Flying High is a voice group especially for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for ages 11 up to 25.

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Locality: All

Website: Flying High webpage

Contact email: nyvoice@northyorks.gov.uk

We will facilitate partnerships to support people in North Yorkshire, particularly from Thirsk to connect with and contribute to their community by providing opportunities for them to improve their economic, health and social wellbeing.

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Locality: Hambleton and Richmondshire

Website: Community Works webpage

Contact email: info@communityworks.uk

Exclusively Inclusive is a voluntary community group who have been organising inclusive social opportunities in and around the Skipton area of North Yorkshire for the last few years. We believe that loneliness is the only real disability and a tremendous barrier to health, wellbeing and happiness. As such we work to reduce social isolation and to help people connect and develop real meaningful relationships. We believe that services can often isolate people and we want to encourage and empower people to contribute their gifts to enable a more inclusive community where we help each other to take part and enjoy an ‘ordinary life’.

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Locality: Craven

Contact email: katiepeacock@live.co.uk

Carers Plus Yorkshire Ltd enables those we support to be heard, enhance their resilience, improve their wellbeing and make positive changes in their day-to-day lives. We offer independent, high-quality information, advice and support to unpaid carers from the age of 8+ (including Parent Carers whom are supporting a child under the age of 18 with SEND) and others we support within our local communities.  We aim to represent the voice and needs of unpaid carers and those we serve; to reach out to those who are hidden, and to work in partnership with a wide range of organisations in order to maximise the resources and services available.

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Locality: Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale

Website: Carers Plus website

Contact email: kerrie@carersplus.net

Representation group

Inclusion North raises awareness of the barriers to inclusion for people with a learning disability, autistic people and their families, and work to remove them.

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Locality: All

Website: Inclusion North website

Specialist Provision

Our supported employment service helps disabled people or carers into work or training, and helps employers support disabled people in work.

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Locality: All

Website: Supported Employment website

Contact email: Simon.Muir@northyorks.gov.uk

At Happy Futures we focus on outcome-based support providing domiciliary care, outreach and supported living options. In connection with that we provide personal care and specialist support to adults and children with learning disabilities, autism, mental health and complex care needs across North Yorkshire. We offer personalised support for each individual in a fun, motivating, safe and caring environment. We empower our individuals to live independently and support them with their daily emotional and physical needs. Happy Futures offer a mix of socialising, education, training, achieving greater independence. We also offer those who want assistance in finding volunteering opportunities and appropriate workplace experience. Our creative, energetic and experienced staff are enthusiastic about working with each individual and are inspired to offer them personalised support to meet their individual needs.  This is achieved by recognising their uniqueness, personal needs, family’s needs and their level of independence.

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Locality: All

Website: Happy Futures website

Contact email: info@hfss.org.uk

Contact number: 01723586633

From our bespoke campus in Harrogate, we offer day and residential places for young people aged 16 to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities. Whether preparing for employment, making friends or learning to live more independently, we can work with you to make your aspirations possible and goals a reality.

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Locality: All

Website: Henshaws website

Supported Internship

Who we are: Disability Action Yorkshire has been established for over 80 years, and provides a range of services to people with disabilities. Our education and employment support is based within Hornbeam park in Harrogate, and provides support across North YorkshireEducation Services: We can provide a tailored package of education, which is aimed at building up your skills to assist with moving onto the next stage which is paid employment.

Watch the Disability Action Yorkshire (DAY) promotional video.

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Locality: All

Website: Disability Action Yorkshire (DAY) website

Contact email: Martin.roberts@da-y.org.uk

Contact name: Martin Roberts

Contact number: 07751409655

The Blueberry Academy team provide specialist support for young people and adults with learning differences, autism, social, emotional and mental health needs and/or other disabilities. The main aims of Blueberry are to promote employability and independence. We offer education and employment services in York, Selby and Scarborough. We offer Supported Internships and Personalised Learning Programmes for students aged 16-25 years, who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). We also offer Supported Employment services for adults funded through Social Care. Success stories - 3 young people who completed their Internship from the Scarborough base in July 2021 progressed to full time paid work in Care, Food Production and Gardening sectors. All of them remain happily employed in their jobs 6 months on.

Watch videos about Blueberry Academy.

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Locality: Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale

Website: Blueberry Academy website

Contact email: info@blueberryacademy.co.uk

Contact name: Martin Roberts

Contact number: 07751409655

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Locality: All

Website: Health Education England (HEE) website

Work experience

We’re an independent, registered charity with suitably qualified staff and a team of volunteers who provide adults with learning and other disabilities training in horticulture, allied crafts and rural skills. Watch the Horticap promotional video.

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Locality: Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon

Website: Horticap website

Contact email: info@horticap.org

Chopsticks is a Community Business (Social Enterprise), Exempt Charity and Community Benefit Society (registration number IP28519R). Chopsticks is a non-profit organisation that provides Supported Work and Day Services for vulnerable adults living in Hambleton, Richmondshire and Darlington areas. Our work team members are adults with learning disabilities; our day service clients and volunteers are those who are experiencing a range of mental health conditions, social isolation or other forms of disadvantage. Our day services are work-based activities delivered in a sheltered workshop and industrial setting. It is an exciting and lively place to work! We produce a range of wood fuels and rustic gardenware furniture alongside our latest development, ChopShed, where we upcycle and re-purpose previously unloved items. Our production operations and associated customer delivery activities present valuable opportunities for our work team members, clients and volunteers to engage with the public, retailers and staff of local businesses. Chopsticks is committed to sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint. We have invested in biomass energy solutions (using up wood waste), reduced use of virgin plastic and committed to carbon offsetting through our involvement in a tree planting partnership.

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Locality: Hambleton and Richmondshire

Website: Chopsticks website

Contact email: phil@chopsticks.org.uk

Claro Enterprises operates as a commercial workshop making goods for businesses, which enables those with long term mental health conditions, to function in a voluntary real work environment. Through training and personal development, clients can improve their quality of life, confidence, independence, self-esteem and gain skills, which will enable them to look for, and hopefully achieve, meaningful employment.

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Locality: Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon

Website: Claro website

Contact email: post@claroenterprises.co.uk

We offer work experience for adults with physical, mental health and learning needs. With supported training where needed.

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Locality: Selby

Website: Selby Garden Enterprise website

Contact email: getinvolved@groundwork.org.uk

Contact name: Amanda Scrimgeour

Contact number: 07813364219

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Locality: Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon

Website: Paperworks website

Contact email: ask@paperworks.org.uk

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Locality: Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale

Website: Betton Farm website

We offer a wide range of opportunities for young people and adults who have a mild or moderate learning disability. These including horticulture, retail, catering, music, cycling, rambling, dance and exercise, drama, community activities, sport, life skills, literacy and crafts to name but a few. Sessions or activities take place in small groups so our staff can give support and guidance. 

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Locality: Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale

Website: Ripon Walled Garden website

Contact name: Lisa Fletcher

Contact email: admin@riponwalledgarden.org

Contact number: 01765609229
 

Jenny Ruth Workshops, where adults who have learning disabilities (also known as workers) gain confidence, independence, work and life skills. It is a vibrant and engaging workplace where workers from Ripon and surrounding areas are trained in a wide variety of skills. We design and make a range of handcrafted gifts and products for all the family, We are also proud of our bespoke products which are tailor made to our customers' specifications. Our aim is to bring self-awareness, pride, dignity and self-confidence to the workers and to hep develop their potential for participation and employment in the community.

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Locality: Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon

Website: Jenny Ruth Workshops website

Contact email: anna@jennyruth.co.uk

Supporting Choice offers a range of supported learning programs for young people with learning difficulties, disabilities and autism. We deliver Supported Internships, supported employment programs and employability pathways leading to a range of successful outcomes. We have a valuable portfolio of competent and confident work placement providers across a range of vocational profiles.

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Locality: Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale

Website: Supporting Choice website

Contact email: admin@supportingchoice.co.uk

We believe it is the right of every individual to live to their full potential. No matter the challenge or obstacle; we are here to provide encouragement for beneficiaries, their families, our staff and supporters alike. As a charity we require support from the local community and partner organisations in order to develop our services and expand the outreach we have. If you would like to get involved or offer help in any way please get in touch. 

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Locality: Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon

Website: Harrogate skills for living website

Contact email: skills@hs4lc.org.uk

At Citizens Online we're passionate about digital inclusion. We work to reduce the digital divide and ensure that no-one is left behind in the digital world.  We care about the digital world and the experiences people have within it – we are here to help make them positive.

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Locality: All

Website: Citizens online website

Contact email: helen.dobson@citizensonline.org.uk

Where to Turn is a directory of regular community activities and charity services provided by voluntary organisations across the Harrogate District. This fully searchable directory contains information about over 700 activities and services and is regularly updated by local charity, Harrogate and District Community Action.

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Locality: All

Website: Harrogate and District Community Action website

Contact email: hadca@hadca.org.uk

Accelerate is a programme for young people aged 15 to 24 years old who are; not in education, employment or training or at risk of disengaging from education. It creates career pathways for young people through regulated and non-regulated learning, employability skills training and work experience.

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Locality: All

Website: Aspire Igen website

Contact email: opportunitycentre@aspire-igen.com

Do you feel like you need some help, but don’t know where to turn? Would you like a skilled mentor to support you to move forwards with your life? Do you dream of a brighter future, but are not sure how to get there?  You’ve come to the right place. If you’re an adult and not working and would love support in getting ready for work or training in the future, Action Towards Inclusion is for you. If you need help with life challenges, Action Towards Inclusion is for you. If you don’t know where to begin with looking for opportunities, Action Towards Inclusion is for you. We can work with some young people under 18 depending on their schooling situation. Please get in touch with us first to check if this applies to you.

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Locality: All

Website: Action Towards Inclusion website

Contact email: ati@betterconnect.org.uk

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Locality: All

Website: Government Work and Health Programme website

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Locality: All

Contact email: Joanna.Oxtoby@northyorks.gov.uk

We believe that young people with SEND should have equal life chances as they move into adulthood. This should include paid employment and higher education, housing options and independent living, good health, friends, relationships, community inclusion and choice and control over their lives and support.

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Locality: All

Website: Preparing for Adulthood website

Further Education Colleges

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Our aim is to bring self-awareness, pride, dignity and self-confidence to the workers and to help develop their potential for participation and employment in the community.

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Locality: Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon

Website: Artizan website

Contact email: liz.cluderay@artizaninternational.org

Need help making a new Universal Credit claim?

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Locality: All

Website: Hambleton, Richmondshire and Selby and District Citizens Advice website

Compass in Craven is a search webpage linking the third sector, social care and health together providing a connected and holistic service for the residents of North Yorkshire.

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Locality: Craven

Website: Compass in Craven